Adult Scholarships

Scholarships are available for introductory and higher level classes in our adult programs, including Improv, Conservatory, Acting, Writing, and Stand Up. Scholarships are not available on On-Demand (aka self-paced) courses. All recipients are also eligible to receive assistance with financial planning for future coursework. Please note there is a limit to how many scholarships a student may be awarded for the same program. Scholarships are valid for standard 7-week/once-per-week courses only. Scholarships are offered in varying amounts depending on context of applicant pool/total need

  • If you need any accommodations in order to successfully complete the scholarship application, please email We want to ensure that all interested candidates may apply!

Current Training Center students are welcome to apply, as are new students who have not previously taken a Second City class. Applicants must be 19 or older and demonstrate financial need.

Second City defines diversity broadly, including: people of color, LGBTQIA+ applicants, women, and/or applicants with disabilities. We strongly encourage broadly diverse applicants to apply.

Scholarships will be reviewed by the Training Center Artistic & Administrative team and awarded based on:

  • Financial need including employment and context of income
  • Availability of your preferred class
  • Class level within the context of current enrollment demand (secondary factor)
  • Previous awards received – In order to be equitable in our awarding process, we review each applicant within the context of the current pool for each term. While we wish that we could grant an award to each student, each term, repeat scholarships are not guaranteed
  • Expressed desire to join The Second City! (Please be honest in your response. Let us know why this scholarship would be important for you)

Once the application deadline for each term has passed, you will hear from us regarding your application, regardless of your acceptance status. We will not respond to inquiries regarding the status of individual applications prior to the deadline. In the event you are not accepted, we can work with you to sign up for the class you want to take, or you can submit an application again next term. Please note, you’ll need to re-submit your application each term for consideration.

The deadline to apply for each term is as follows:

Term 6 2023 – Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

Term 1 2024 – Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Term 2 2024 – Friday, February 2nd, 2024

Term 3 2024 – Friday, March 29th, 2024

Term 4 2024 – Friday, May 24th , 2024

Term 5 2024 – Friday, July 12th, 2024

Term 6 2024 – Friday, September 20th, 2024

Term 1 2025 – Friday, November 22nd, 2024

Equal Opportunity Statement: Second City fully believes in equal opportunity and access to education and scholarships for every individual who has a desire to learn, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, or disability status.

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